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Tesla Motors Just Invited Press To Come Look At Its New D

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Facebook Has Been Refining Their Troll-Slaying Comment System For Months; Finally Ready To Roll?

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Back in October of last year, news started to trickle out that Facebook was completely revamping their commenting system plugin. The very thought had to send a chill down the spine of commenting startups like Disqus, Echo, and Livefyre. In a statement to us at the time, Facebook confirmed the upgrades, and vaguely said, “we’ll have more to share in the coming weeks.” Well, weeks turned to months — nothing. But that may be about to change.

Facebook is on the verge of launching a full commenting system for third-party sites, CNET’s Caroline McCarthy reports today. She cites multiple sources who claim the product should be ready to roll out in a matter of weeks. And apparently it could be implemented at launch on a number of high-profile sites (no, not us — unless AOL has us totally out of the loop on this one).

As you can see in our original screenshot, the system (which was in place on Facebook’s own blogs) was starting to look a lot like one that could compete with the aforementioned commenting startups. But looking at the comment system on Facebook’s own blogs today, it looks a little more refined — you can post as a Page, for example. And the voting element has been removed — or replaced. Interestingly enough, if you hover over a person’s name, you not only see how many comments they’ve left, but what their “like” percentage is. Perhaps that’s the ratio of “likes” their comments get versus the number of times they’re “X”-ed out — though that’s just a guess.

Here was Facebook’s full statement to us in October:

We’re currently testing a new comments plugin on the Facebook Blog and Facebook Developer Blog that incorporates feedback from users and developers and features around authenticity, social relevance, ranking, and distribution. We’ll have more to share in the coming weeks.

Authenticity is clearly the key as to why anyone would use Facebook’s system. But interestingly, McCarthy also notes that Facebook’s plugin could allow people to log-in with Google, Yahoo, or Twitter IDs. That’s odd — unless those accounts are already tied to a Facebook account ensuring people are who they say they are.

If Facebook does indeed get fully into these waters (Connect comments have obviously long been a staple of other services), it will have very interesting implications for the entire blogosphere. Will anonymous comments become a thing of the past? Could this be a troll slayer?

Update: And here come the responses. Echo’s Chris Saad notes that they’re a week away from their “e2″ product launch, and points us to the fact that Reuters, Universal Music Group/Interscope, Sports Illustrated and others will be there to unveil the new system. He says that they’ve known Facebook has been working on something for some time, but says that steps have been taken to “counter this increasing pressure”.

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War Maneuvers: Android Event Will Battle iPad Event For Press Love On February 2

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I love asking companies if the timing of events is on purpose or purely coincidental. Not only do they almost always say that it’s purely coincidental, but they often try to claim that didn’t even realize a rival was also doing something when they made their plans. Sure.

Next week will feature another such situation. Earlier this week, News Corp. and Apple sent out press invites for an event to unveil the new iPad-only app, The Daily. And then this evening, we’ve just received an invite to a Google event to show off the latest version of Android, Honeycomb. The one meant for tablets. And guess what? They’re on the same day.

Sure, the events are on different sides of the country (though word is that News Corp./Apple had originally wanted to host their’s in the Bay Area too). And as such, the iPad event will be slightly earlier than the Android event (8 AM PT versus 10 AM PT). That doesn’t matter. The key is that controlling the news that day will be paramount for both sides. And Android just press-blocked the iPad.

The events are timed and situated in such a way that it would be absolutely impossible for a journalist with invites to each event to go to both. And while Google is being nice enough to host a live stream on YouTube (something which News Corp./Apple will almost for sure not do), it will still be a pain to extensively cover both. You’ll basically have to choose.

Normally, it would be all iPad next Wednesday. Now it’s likely to be more Android-controlled. And don’t think there’s nothing to the fact that Google is showing off a “taste” of Android shortly before the iPad 2 is expected to be unveiled.

War.

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Playstation Suite: Sony Brings Playstation Games To Android Phones

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At their PSP2 launch event today, Sony did not only unveil the new device but also introduced “Playstation Suite”, a new cross-device game platform the company will use to bring Playstation 1 titles to Android phones and tablets (version 2.3 and up). In other words, Sony games will not exclusively be distributed to owners of the Playstation Phone that’s supposed to be officially announced next month.

Read the rest on MobileCrunch.



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